Palladium, which is a type of metal that is commonly found in everyday household items such as electronic chargers and jewelry, is frequently used in the plating of gold jewelry, such as the type sold at both high-end, as well as regular jewelry stores.
The jewelry collection in most stores, whether it be rings, earrings, watches, or bracelets, contain platings of rhodium in order to increase the durability of the gold, as well as to add extra shine to the piece of jewelry. This extra plating is used in order to make the gold jewelry appear extra white. After time, the rhodium plating wears away, and some jewelry customers are surprised to find out the true color of gold – often a gray-white color.
While every white gold ring may not be plated with rhodium, usually the higher quality white gold jewelry is normally plated with more durable palladium alloys. However, while it does not have the brightness of an identical ring plated in Rhodium, rings that are created with an alloy of palladium are less likely to tarnish and to have discoloration caused by regular exposure to certain household chemicals like bleach and certain cleaning solutions.
On the other hand, rings and jewelry that are plated with Rhodium need to be replated every several years, depending on the extent in which it is wearing off. Many gold plating’s which are done on jewelry are not done at the proper thickness, and does not allow for long, quality wear. If the plating is done correctly and at the right thickness, it will extend the life of your jewelry for a few additional years.
If you have a ring set, whether it is an engagement ring or wedding ring, or even both and want to have it replated in rhodium, it is a very easy fix. Most jewelry stores where you purchased the jewelry will replate the jewelry in rhodium for free. This is also an extremely quick fix as well, with most replatings just taking a few minutes. Other jewelry stores usually charge around $25-30 to replate the jewelry, depending on such factors as where you live, what type of ring it is, and how much replating needs to be finished.
Engagement rings and wedding rings are designed with a life time of wearing in mind, and with just some simple care tips, you can extend the life of your beautiful piece of jewelry. If you work in a profession where there is the potential for a lot of wear and tear on the jewelry, consider keeping it at home for the day, or at the very most keeping it safe while you are working. Likewise, if you are at home and planning on cleaning with certain harsh cleaning agents, consider keeping your ring off for the duration of the cleaning. Replating in rhodium is always available as an option, whether your ring is in desperate need, or just calls for a little pick me up in color.